Obstructing the View

In the history of the visual arts, there are few examples of images that use a lattice or grating framework as a foundation for an image’s composition. One example is The Return of the Hunters, painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The 1565 painting depicts a small forest through which hunters carrying lances march downhill in the snow with their dogs, which are partially obscured from the viewer. Many Japanese woodcuts exhibiting a similar design came to Europe after the middle of the nineteenth century, and many artists ...

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